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October 18, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Drivers in the San Joaquin Valley will have to pay an additional $1 fee when they register their vehicles as of Jan. 1 to help cover costs of air pollution. The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District voted Thursday to approve the fee hike, expected to raise as much as $2.38 million annually.
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October 5, 2003 | Jennifer Oldham, Times Staff Writer
A new California governor probably could not rescind a recent tripling of the car tax within hours of taking office, experts say, contrary to repeated claims by two leading candidates in the recall election. There is a range of obstacles, including the question of whether state law permits lowering the tax and how to replace billions of dollars in lost revenue, according to government officials and outside experts. For months, recall candidates Arnold Schwarzenegger and state Sen.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 29, 2003 | Jennifer Oldham, Times Staff Writer
With the recall election less than 10 days away, car-obsessed Californians will be required to pay as much as three times more to license their vehicles, starting this week. The increase will ensure that Californians pay among the highest car taxes in the country. And that has Pasadena resident Percy Kosoi fuming. "It's ridiculous," Kosoi said. "If you're going to raise it, raise it a little, but don't triple it."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 25, 2003 | Stuart Pfeifer, Times Staff Writer
California's finance director says the state mistakenly sent Orange County about $20 million in vehicle license fees that should have been withheld because of the state's budget deficit. He wants the money back. But Orange County officials say they may be entitled to the money and don't plan to send it back to Sacramento.
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September 17, 2003 | Jeanne Wright, Special to The Times
My recent column about California residents breaking the law by registering their vehicles out of state to save money drew heated responses from readers and requests for information on how to report these scofflaws to authorities. Many of the two dozen-plus e-mails about the column came from readers angry at residents who are cheating the state out of registration fees at a time of budget woes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 12, 2003 | Claire Luna, Times Staff Writer
An Orange County judge said Friday that he is leaning toward supporting the DMV's conclusion that an Orange man should pay the higher commercial fees for his 57-foot motor home. Superior Court Judge David A. Thompson said he will announce his ruling in the next few days on Angelo "Chuck" Emanuele's $180,000 Atlantic Star recreational vehicle. Two years ago, Emanuele bought a Kenworth cab with attached living quarters and added a 40-foot recreational trailer.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 2, 2003 | Evan Halper and Dan Morain, Times Staff Writers
SACRAMENTO -- As California entered the new fiscal year without a budget or any plan to climb out of its multibillion-dollar budget hole, Republican legislators went to court Tuesday to dismantle the tripling of the car tax ordered by the Davis administration and set to take effect in October. State employees, meanwhile, balked at the governor's plea for 180,000 of them to give back raises of up to 7% that were negotiated last year and take effect today.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 21, 2003 | Evan Halper, Times Staff Writer
The Davis administration tripled the state vehicle license fee Friday, sending Republican legislators scrambling to mount legal challenges to stop the increase and ballot initiatives to abolish the tax altogether. The increase will cost the average driver $158 more a year -- slightly higher than initially projected -- and provide about $4 billion to help plug the state's $38-billion budget shortfall. Bills with the increased rate will be sent to drivers beginning Aug.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 20, 2003 | Evan Halper, Times Staff Writer
SACRAMENTO -- The day many California drivers have dreaded is about to arrive: The Davis administration is expected to triple the state's vehicle license fee by administrative order as early as today, generating billions of dollars to help close California's gaping budget hole. The average car owner can expect his or her annual so-called "car tax" bill to go up by $136.
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March 11, 2003 | Evan Halper and Nancy Vogel, Times Staff Writers
California drivers can expect to see a jump in registration fees soon under a legal opinion released Monday by top state finance officials that interprets existing law to allow an increase without a vote of the Legislature. The increase would cost the average driver about $136 a year in new fees.
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